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Spring sports notes: Big games awaiting for UNM soccer, Aggie softball

The University of New Mexico women’s soccer team already has clinched a spot in the Mountain West Conference championship game. But the Lobos still have incentives to win in the two-game home stand that closes the regular season.

Beginning with a 7:30 p.m. game Friday at the UNM Soccer Complex vs. Wyoming, then closing with the 1 p.m. Sunday match vs. Colorado State, the 7-1 Lobos need a win. One contest or the other, it would clinch a coveted home berth in the league championship match.

Six seniors are to be recognized Friday night for the Lobos, who have had a dominant season to this point. The team has outscored opponents 20-2 through eight games, garnering a 7-1 record, and already has beaten the Cowgirls (1-0) and the Rams (4-1) in an early road swing. Lobo senior Gwen Maly and junior Alesia Garcia are atop the Mountain West in goals (6). Four of Garcia’s came on the historic night of March 19 vs. Colorado College. No Lobo had scored four in a game in 25 years, and none had done so at home.

The team has posted six shutouts through eight games, and senior Emily Johnson has a Mountain West-leading .25 goals-against average, the lowest in UNM history.

Tickets are available at golobos.com/tickets. The game will stream at golobos.com/watch.

SOFTBALL: New Mexico State coach Kathy Rodolph’s relationship with Arizona coach Mike Candrea led to a home and away series with a perennial college power and an exhibition showcase against the U.S. National team in 2008.

The 18-16 Aggies will add another national team when they play an exhibition game against Mexico in Tuscon Friday at 4 p.m. and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. NMSU also plays No. 9 Arizona 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday.

“This year Arizona was slated to come here, but since we weren’t sure if we would be playing in New Mexico, we agreed to go there,” Rodolph said. “Team Mexico was always slated to play an exhibition there and since we moved our series there, we were asked if we were good with playing both (Arizona) and Team Mexico.”

Rodolph calls Mexico a talented team that she expects to medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

BASEBALL: New Mexico State (10-14, 8-4 Western Athletic Conference) begins its second consecutive series against a nationally ranked team Friday at No. 24 Sacramento State (18-6, 10-2). Friday’s doubleheader precedes single games Saturday and Sunday.

New Mexico State was swept last Thursday-Saturday in three games at No. 19 Oregon and is looking to snap a six-game losing skid.




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